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Wesley Interpretation Services
Working in the settlement services sector often requires providing different forms of support to the newcomer community. Many factors could get in the way of a smooth and seamless settlement experience, including cultural differences and language barriers.

Wesley, a prominent service provider and HIPC partner, has ventured in the world of interpretations services to help our community become more connected, while helping newcomers access services smoothly with their social enterprise model. Wesley Interpretation Services offers various translation services in 33 languages, catering individuals and organizations on-site or over the phone. Document translation is also available, all at competitive rates.

Clients are asked to fill out a form identifying their interpretation needs and are then assigned a professional interpreter within two business days. In order to continuously improve the services, clients have the chance to fill out a feedback form evaluating the interpretation and rating their experience. Unlike a regular business, the social enterprise model adds value to the community while generating revenue, Wesley Interpretation Services does so by offering educational workshops to help clients work with interpreters effectively, beyond cultural nuances. Wesley Interpretation Services can be contacted by email. 
Toward an Ontario Immigration Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada released a new report titled Immigration Beyond the GTA: Toward an Ontario Immigration Strategy, arguing that developing an Ontario Regional Immigration Strategy could improve the province’s efforts to ensure a broader distribution of newcomers in support of economic development. The report revealed that the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) comprises 45 per cent of Ontario’s population and welcomes 77 per cent of the province’s newcomers. The balance of newcomers are spread throughout the rest of the province, including in cities like Hamilton that attracts about 3 per cent. 

This presents a great opportunity for smaller communities to be more proactive in marketing themselves as attractive destinations for newcomers. What are some steps Hamilton could take to attract more settlement and greater investment to our city?
Join HIPC 
Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC) is a community table housed within the City of Hamilton and funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. With partners from various sectors – including settlement, education, business, health, social services, and persons with lived experience – we work together to create a welcoming community with relevant and accessible services. HIPC currently has one vacancy for persons with lived experience of immigration. The term is one year, with the possibility of renewal. The deadline has been extended to September 20,2019. For more information click here. HIPC is also seeking interested community members and professionals to join our Communication and Community Engagement Committee; for questions connect with us.
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